Antioxidants may kill skin cancer in older patients

It can all start out innocently enough – you notice that you have a few more freckles than you used to.

Or maybe that mole you’ve had for a while has started to change colour or shape.

The next thing you know, you could be staring down the barrel of a potentially serious skin cancer diagnosis.

As you probably know, most types of skin cancer develop over time – often over the course of years.

But what you might not know is that as you get older, your skin cancer can get much tougher to treat.

Fortunately, a new study in Nature has gotten to the bottom of why this happens – and what you can do about it.

For their study, researchers took skin samples from two groups of donors: one between the ages of 25 and 35 and one between 55 and 65 years old.

In the samples from the older patients, they found less of a protein that blocks the invasion of melanoma cells, called beta-catenin. Without this protein, the skin can’t stop the cancer from spreading.

This could very well be why mainstream treatments frequently stop working for older skin cancer patients.

The good news is that these researchers also found something that did work – and it’s a safe, natural remedy I use in my practice all the time.

I’m talking about N-acetylcysteine (NAC), which your body converts to glutathione. And glutathione is pretty much the most powerful antioxidant around.

In the lab study, NAC actually killed the melanoma cells from the older patients. And that’s awfully promising for the many folks who are looking for safe, effective treatment alternatives.

Now, of course, this was just a study in a lab – and not on real humans. But we’ve known forever that antioxidants can be powerful weapons against cancer.

We learned decades ago that intravenous vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant I use in my own practice, can kill cancer. The University of Kansas Medical Centre has even developed a protocol that lots of alternative doctors use.

If you want to pick up NAC, which is also a great immune system booster, you can get it online or at most health stores.

And remember, two more important keys to beating melanoma are prevention and early detection. If you’re on the paler side…or have naturally lighter hair…or have had severe sunburns…be sure to keep an eye on your skin and have a doctor take a look at anything that seems “off.”

When you do go out, don’t broil yourself in the sun. Cover up exposed areas with sunglasses, a hat, long sleeves, and long pants to avoid a burn and those unsightly brown spots.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Aging impacts therapeutic response of melanoma cells, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160404134025.htm

MELANOMA CELLS BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON AGE OF SKIN, wistar.org/wistar-today/wistar-wire/2016-04-04/melanoma-cells-behave-differently-depending-age

Aging Impacts Therapeutic Response of Melanoma Cells, wistar.org/news-and-media/press-releases/aging-impacts-therapeutic-response-melanoma-cells

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  1. I think this whole cancer thing is getting out of hand. I’m also beginning to think that cancer (in many cases) is just another part of the ageing process.

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